Larry, this is the set I am getting. It is a little hard to see but the guy in the white T shirt is standing in front of it. I think I can run 2nd gear and get about 15mph maybe even 18mph down the track!!
Eric Benton, Southeast Tractor Parts, Pulling Tires!!
The last day of the Raleigh Farm Show was a good day attendance wise. but a lousy day to have been outside. It snowed, rained and sleeted on us all day long. I got soaking wet loading up the truck to come home. I saw a couple of fender benders on the way home and it was probably because of the slick roads. Sunday I left to go to the National Farm Machinery show in Louisville KY. It snowed on and off for the whole trip to Ky. I stayed at a hunting cabin a friend has there in Pleasureville KY. The driveway which is a 1 lane road between 2 fences that are barely far enough apart for the road. When a Dodge 2500 series ,long bed, quad cab pickup turns sideways on the slick ice/snow cover road there is verrrrrry little room left between the fences. I did not hit the fence but I think it is only because the fence moved over some!!! There was 5 or 6 inches of snow on the ground when I got there and it snowed another 8 inches on Monday night. I backed the truck up on Tuesday morning to meet my buddies to go and finish setting the booth up and stuck my truck. They picked me up and I left the truck stuck 2 days before I could get to it to pull it out. When I did get it out I drove it to the front side of the cabin and stuck it again. So my buddies picked me up to go to the show every day. The only day I drove in was on Saturday so I could load the truck to come home. Once I had the weight of the parts and racks I had on display then I did not have any problem getting around in the snow. I left home with 1000 lbs plus my display parts andshould have had 1400 lbs in the back of the truck. This was the worst year for weather problems that I have ever had while at Louisville. However, It was one of the best years for talking to customers and new potential customers. I met several people I had been shipping part to but had only talked to on the phone. So lousy weather good show!! I handed out 2000 catalogs while at the show. I was so busy I only got to go get ice cream on 2 days instead of every day!!!!
I am setting in my booth waiting for the show to open and it is a rainy, sleeting and snowy day here at the fairgrounds. I don't know how this will affect the attendance but I think it will be a good bit less than yesterday. Thursday was a real good day. There were a lot of people who were interested in parts. There were also a lot of my customers that came by the booth to talk to me. Some even came to pick up parts I had brought to the show for them. I had expected to see some empty booths here due to the economy, However, every booth is full and I have not found an empty booth anywhere here at the show. At the Sunbelt Expo in Moultrie GA there were a lot of empty booths where displayers cancelled or just did not show up. People have been more upbeat about things than there were in Moultrie in October. I hope today will be a good day also!!!
Today was the first day of the Raleigh Farm Show. I expected it to be a slow day and I was pleasantly surprised. I was busy for most of the day talking to customers and handing out catalogs. I have a list of parts to find for people when I get home and also talked to several customers I have previously sold parts . One of these customers is going to pickup tires rims and centers this Saturday. The weather was good today, lots of sunshine, lots of snow and ice melted and everyone seemed to be in good spirits about the coming year. Tomorrow should be good and Friday is supposed to be back to a wintry mix. This is my 1 year anniversary for blogging. I started last year during the show. Some days this is easy to do and sometimes it is almost impossible to do. There have been visitors from all over the states and several other countries. I have some ongoing projects I need to finish to get on here and some new projects I want to do if I can find the time. I will be here for the rest of the week and then at the National Farm Machinery show in KY next week and then home to sell more parts and get ready for another tractor pulling season.
Eric Benton, Southeast Tractor Parts, Working for a living!!!!
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